A few years ago I was approached by a colleague for whom I had written a blog for some time. He had been contacted by a publisher about the possibility of writing a book and he wanted me to do it. That was the day I felt as though I could wear the title of “garden writer” as a badge of honor because I finally knew I'd earned it. It sounds a bit silly in retrospect but after more than a decade where most of my writing work was done in someone else's name, knowing that my name was going to finally be on the cover of a book was more than just validation of my skill as a writer; it was a sign that my experiences and opinions were both valued and desired. Years as a ghost writer served we well, and I knew all about the tenuous arts of negotiation, working with editors and balancing tight deadlines with having a life. Still, I clicked “SEND” on the email containing the final edit and downed half a bottle of wine before I was able to breathe normally again. I felt a conflict for which my ghostwriting experience had not prepared me. The yearlong thorn in my side had finally been extracted, and the baby I'd brought to life just 331 days prior had left the nest for good. I felt as jubilant as I did empty, and the rest of that wine did nothing to change either sensation. Perhaps GrowWrite! was born of a desire to relive that feeling, or maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment. All I can say for certain is that before this issue of this magazine, there was no resource of this scope and magnitude for those of us who write, snap photos, edit articles or teach gardeners with the dirt from our own gardens still fresh under our fingernails. It gives me overwhelming joy to present to you that resource, in the form of GrowWrite! Magazine. GrowWrite! Exists as a much-needed badge of honor acknowledging the tremendous work of garden writers and communicators across the world as well as the need for a reliable source of information, news, education and entertainment that relates to this common bond we share. I can't thank you enough for joining us on this amazing journey. Michael Nolan Managing Editor
The premier issue of the first and only magazine for the garden communicator.